Valley Dogs launches Vets And Their Pets

Thanks to everyone for inquiring on how Gary has been doing.  It has been one month since Gary has been home from the hospital.  He has made progress walking with a cane, but is not able to walk for long distances.  He had a dental emergency that needed to be addressed, and was graciously treated by the wonderful staff at Mobile Dentistry of Arizona. 

Gary’s VA social worker was able to secure in-home assistance for him, and he is more adept at getting around his apartment on his own, making his own meals, etc. 

Gary’s story got the attention of Fox News, and a few weeks ago (not yet aired), they came over to his apartment to cover the story.  He was interviewed by Fox News Producer, Bil Ossher, and talked about his falling on hard times, how he couldn’t part with Libby, and how Valley Dogs Rescue came to his aid.  His story has brought to light the issues that many homeless veterans face.  According to the VA, there are reportedly 329 homeless veterans with pets in the Phoenix area.  There is currently no funding and no transitional housing for these vets.  They have a choice of giving up their animal or continuing to live on the streets.  This is the difficult choice Gary was faced with.  He chose to sleep in his truck before giving up his dog, Libby. 

Valley Dogs Rescue has partnered with the VA in creating a special fund called “Vets and Their Pets“.  All funds go directly to assisting homeless veterans and their pets in the Phoenix area.   

A big garage sale is being held on Feb. 12th, 2011 with all funds raised going to Vets and Their Pets.  We are accepting donations for the garage sale and are, of course, looking for shoppers on the 12th! The sale will be located at 9295 E. Corrine Drive, Scottsdale, 85260 (93rd Street and Cactus) from 8am – 4pm.

Valley Dogs Rescue is calling on all animal rescues in the Phoenix area to pitch in and help a Vet and their Pet. Keep an animal from ending up at an adoption center and being ripped away from their owner by offering temporary housing.  Give animals a chance with their owners.  If you are not with a rescue, but are committed and willing to foster a pet, please come forward.  We are working with the VA to identify Vets in need who have a pet at risk.

Our goal is to bring awareness and give support to a little known issue of the pets that Vets own and are forgotten / lost due to system restrictions. Help us help as many Vets and their Petssm as possible.  Foster, donate, attend the garage sale or pass along this information.  Help us help them.

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About Valley Dogs Rescue & Veterans and Their Pets

http://www.valleydogs.org/ & www.veteransandtheirpets.org Valley Dogs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit (EIN: 26-0896950), no-kill animal rescue organization who's mission is to rescue dogs that have been abandoned, neglected, or otherwise placed in harm's way; to provide temporary housing for adoptable dogs, and to promote and encourage the responsible care of pets, especially spaying or neutering, micro-chipping and vaccination of dogs and puppies. Veterans and Their Petssm is a branch of Valley Dogs Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit (EIN:26-0896950), no-kill animal rescue organization. Our focus is to support for the animals of Veterans in need by providing veterinary care, temporary housing and food. We are based in Phoenix Arizona and are working with the Veterans Association and Veterans support organizations to identify those in need throughout the Phoenix area. We are coordinating support from other non-profit organizations that will also be providing food and other services to the Veterans animals. We are seeking support from others to help us with community outreach, transportation and foster care for a Veterans animal. We have over 40 years of combined rescue experience and knowledge.
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One Response to Valley Dogs launches Vets And Their Pets

  1. Kerri R. says:

    The link to Vets and their Pets is not working!

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